The Seaborn file:
Jody Seaborn

Specialty editor

Jody Seaborn is formerly the Austin American-Statesman's books editor. He also previously edited Insight, the Statesman's Sunday perspective section, and was the newspaper's national editor from 2002 to 2008.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Jody Seaborn

"In Texas, we created over 1 million new jobs while the rest of the nation lost over 2 million."

Says only four Texas legislators voted against a law giving in-state tuition rates to certain illegal immigrants.

Says that illegal immigrants get a $100,000 break on University of Texas tuition over four years.

Says "our taxes have doubled" with Rick Perry in office.

Says Rick Perry is "spending more money than the state takes in, covering his deficits with record borrowing."

Says he "got lobbied" by a woman with late-stage cancer about vaccinating Texas girls against a virus that can cause cervical cancer.

Says Rick Perry "provided in-state tuition... for illegal immigrants."

Says Mitt Romney wrote that if Social Security was done "in the private sector, it would be called criminal."

Says he did not support the October 2008 legislation to rescue Wall Street firms.

"Ten years ago the Austin Water Utility used a total of 240.3 million gallons. Every summer since then our peak day of water use has been lower."

Recent stories from Jody Seaborn
PolitiFact Texas turns 3

The Austin American-Statesman's Texas-centric venture in fact-checking political figures just turned three.

PolitiFact Texas turns two

PolitiFact Texas just turned 2 -- bounding into toddler-hood in part thanks to strong interest in fact checks of Rick Perry and Barack Obama.

Mailbag: ‘You reminded me of my English teacher’

We’ve been catching up on messages from readers, some wishing we’d reconsider our judgments.

Smokin’ Texas claims by Ron Paul, pro-Bachmann group

Separate claims about Texas taxes and spending by Ron Paul and a group backing Michele Bachmann for president caught fire on the Truth-O-Meter.

Rick Perry doubled spending in decade, ad says

A group backing U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota for president says spending in Texas has doubled under Rick Perry. We found the methodology behind this conclusion flawed.

Did Rick Perry double spending in 10 years?

A pro-Bachmann group says government spending in Texas has doubled under Rick Perry. PolitiFact Texas checks the numbers and puts the claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

Punching Rick Perry

The latest Republican presidential debates gave candidates opportunities to poke at the front-runner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. PolitiFact has since caught up to some blows with fact checks.

The legend of Al Gore and Rick Perry

It's been repeated so often it's now legend: Rick Perry chaired Al Gore's 1988 campaign in Texas. It began as an unfounded claim by a Democrat and went unchallenged by Perry. We dig into the claim, find he was a supporter but not chairman, and correct our mistakes.

Rick Perry backed Al Gore, didn't lead his Texas campaign

It’s a legend of Texas politics and, of late, a hatchet for foes of Gov. Rick Perry. The story goes that as a Democratic legislator, Perry chaired Democrat Al Gore’s presidential campaign in Texas.

The legend has been aired routinely for more than 13 years—all but unchallenged by Perry. PolitiFact Texas even repeated the story as fact. Well, scotch that.

Texas wildfire claims

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told reporters Monday that Texas will seek a federal disaster declaration for the wildfires ravaging parts of the state.

Earlier this year, we fact-checked contrasting claims about the state’s request for such a declaration in the wake of other fires.

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